Ian Player in critical condition after stroke

Dr Ian Player (87) recently suffered a serious stroke.

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JOHANNESBURG - Renowned conservationist Dr Ian Player remains in a critical condition after suffering a stroke several days ago.

Player, who founded the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon, is with his family at his KwaZulu-Natal home.

The 87-year-old is the brother of famous South African golf icon Gary Player.

Ian Player has been at the forefront of saving the White rhino.

Earlier Gary Player tweeted, "My beloved brother Ian has cast his canoe onto the river of life that will shortly take him across to the other side. I will miss you. Love."

This was errorneously interpreted by many people on social media as confirmation that the veteran conservationist had died.

NOTE: In a previous article Eyewitness News reported that Dr Ian Player had died. He remains in a serious condition after suffering a stroke several days ago. Earlier his brother Gary Player tweeted, "My beloved brother Ian has cast his canoe onto the river of life that will shortly take him across to the other side. I will miss you. Love." Regrettably EWN interpreted this message as suggesting Ian Player had died. This is not to be the case and we sincerely apologise for this gross error.